Bob Weber, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Climate change drying out western forests

Research shows northern forests in the three prairie provinces are drying up and shrinking from drought caused by climate change, while the eastern boreal forest is holding its own.A paper published Monday suggests the forests of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are already emitting more...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 8:43 PM

Federal remarks boost green fundraising

Tough talk from Ottawa about radical environmentalists and foreign-funded adversaries seems to be actually strengthening support for those groups under attack.Environmental groups involved in the debate over Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to the west coast report that donations...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 4:01 PM

Enviro groups, aboriginals called 'adversaries'

The federal government considers environmental and aboriginal groups "adversaries" when it comes to the oilsands, according to documents obtained under access to information laws.Environment Minister Peter Kent is distancing the government from the documents.The papers dated March 2011 and made...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 10:59 PM

Kent again declines caribou protection order

EDMONTON - Environment Minister Peter Kent has again declined to issue an emergency order to protect woodland caribou — but this time he's explaining why."I have reconsidered and I have determined that nationally, the species does not face an imminent threat to survival at this time," Kent told The...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:20 AM

PMO goes after environmental charity: affidavit

A former employee of an environmental group critical of a proposed oilsands pipeline says the Prime Minister's Office threatened a funding agency if it didn't pull its support for the group.A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper denies the allegations.In a sworn affidavit released Tuesday to...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 5:20 AM

Low-key start to pipeline hearings in Alberta

EDMONTON - Aboriginal drums thrummed and protesters shivered in a cold parking lot Tuesday as public hearings into the proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline got underway in Alberta."We're hoping to raise awareness that there are people in Alberta who are opposed to this pipeline as...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7:04 PM

Slave Lake fire leaves eerie charred moonscape

SLAVE LAKE, Alta. - What was once a neighbourhood of family homes is now an eerie moonscape of blackened cement foundations and charred automobile skeletons.Manicured lawns have become black carpets of ash heaped with twisted corrugated metal and melted loops of vinyl siding. Hedges are nothing...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 12:16 AM

Alberta oilsands releasing heavy metals: report

EDMONTON - A new study shows that heavy metals including lead and mercury which are being released from oilsands facilities into the air and water of northern Alberta are already above levels considered hazardous to fish.The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Monday, August 30, 2010, 11:45 PM

Northern leader says Inuit deserve share of cash to adapt to climate change

The head of Canada's main Inuit organization says her people deserve a share of any global fund created to help countries adapt to a warming planet.Mary Simon, head of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and an adviser to Canada's delegation at the Copenhagen climate change conference, says money should be...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 10:58 PM

Accused admits he shot Mountie in N.W.T.; tries to plead guilty to manslaughter

YELLOWKNIFE - Emrah Bulatci opened his trial for the first-degree murder of Const. Chris Worden by confessing that he killed the popular young officer, but didn't mean to do it."I'd like to plead guilty to manslaughter," Bulatci told Justice John Vertes after the charge was read Wednesday....

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 1:25 AM

Ottawa, Inuit near agreement on marine park for eastern Northwest Passage

Canada is moving to firm up control over the disputed Northwest Passage by designating the waters of its eastern entrance a national marine conservation area.The federal and Nunavut governments as well as the regional land claim organization are close to signing a memorandum of understanding...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 11:17 AM

Nunavut judge heads south after 20 years in North; says system lacks resources

For 20 years, Judge Beverley Browne has been flying to one tiny Arctic community after another to set up her court in whatever classroom, gym or hamlet office is available.As senior judge in the Nunavut Court of Justice, Browne has been both participant and observer in the development of a justice...

Sunday, September 13, 2009, 4:37 PM

New data suggests Alberta oilsands causing acid rain in Saskatchewan

Environmentalists want Ottawa to set caps on emissions from Alberta's oilsands that are likely responsible for acid rain falling over northern Saskatchewan's pristine rivers and lakes."It's not just regulation on every individual plant that's needed. There also needs to be a regional cap that's...

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 12:11 AM

Smuggled U.S. guns responsible for most Canadian armed crime: report

A new study suggests most of the guns used to commit crimes in Canada have been smuggled in from the United States.The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, found that the best available data suggests that about two-thirds of crime guns seized in Canada have...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 7:18 AM

Danish northern military plans raise fears of Arctic conflict

With Denmark becoming the latest nation to reveal major plans to sharpen its Arctic military capabilities, a global buildup in the tools of northern warfare has experts concerned about an increased risk of conflict."The question is whether these moves, which are built on a kind of mistrust and a...

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 8:43 PM

Alberta premier chides MLA for criticizing government in public

EDMONTON - An Alberta legislature member booted from caucus for questioning a government decision to delay construction of a long-term care home in his Fort McMurray riding may have angered his old boss even more.Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo member Guy Boutilier was unrepentant in public comments...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 1:04 AM

NWT premier faces inquiry over concerns his lover provided access to secret talks

YELLOWKNIFE - The premier of the Northwest Territories could lose his job if an inquiry determines a secret lover briefed him on the confidential discussions of opposition MLAs.The territory's conflict-of-interest commissioner has called for a formal hearing into a scandal that has been common...

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 9:59 PM

Arctic sovereignty not under threat despite U.S., European policies

Canada's Arctic sovereignty is not under increased threat despite recent forthright statements from the United States and the European Union spelling out their interests in the region, says Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.But at least one northern leader is urging Ottawa to move faster to...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:20 AM

New American Arctic policy emphasizes U.S. interests in Northwest Passage

A new United States policy on the Arctic is a powerful challenge for Canadians to establish their control over the area before the Americans do it for them, says a leading academic."This is a very clear message to the world that the Americans are saying to the world, 'We're back,' when it comes to...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 12:54 AM

The good and bad of nanotechnology

The tiny critters had seemed so content, swimming around under the microscope.Scientist Shirley Tang was studying how living organisms might be affected by nanomaterials. These minute particles assembled from just a few molecules offer great promise but also pose a lot of questions - and can cause...

Monday, January 12, 2009, 6:30 AM